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October 23, 2016

Rioting Penn State fans cause estimated $18,000 in damages

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Rioters knock over street lamp after Penn State's victory over Ohio State on Saturday, October 22, 2016.

The Penn State Nittany Lions are ranked 24th in the nation after defeating second-ranked (now sixth) Ohio State 24-21 in comeback fashion on Saturday, but State College is reportedly $18,000 in the hole after thousands of students rioted in the streets to celebrate the victory.

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Photos and videos of the chaotic scene in Happy Valley surfaced late Saturday night as hordes of students prompted a response from riot police.

Crowds quickly swelled to between 5,000 and 10,000 people, prompting Penn State Police to plead with rioters to leave the area. 

In at least one documented instance, mounted police used mace against rioters. 

According to the Centre Daily Times, State College manager Tom Fountaine said damages to public property totaled $18,000, including several street lights, utility poles and signs targeted along the 200 block of Beaver Avenue. Several small fires and damage to a vehicle were also reported. 

Saturday's riot marks the second at Penn State in the last month after hundreds of students chased after a non-existent clown or two. On Twitter, several students and observers of the riots posted their reactions, some critical and many others downplaying the actions of a few to spoil the overall celebration. 

State College police said several arrests are pending and anyone with information, videos or tips is asked to submit these by phone at 814-231-7150, by email at, or at the department's website here